I looked in the mirror this morning, and I couldn’t see my face. I drove to work this morning, ate my breakfast, sat down at my desk. I talked with people. I couldn’t see their faces. They couldn’t see mine. We laughed. We parted. I’ll go home tonight to my family, maybe visit some friends. All of us, faceless. Hiding behind the masks we call ourselves.

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Ice cream, anime, and Jesus have a lot in common. Well, maybe not a lot, but a closer look reveals more similarities than you might think. Speaking from my personal life, I tend to go to each of them for a few different reasons. When I’m feeling sad, when I’m angry, when I’m tired: I always find a different kind of comfort or peace in each of them. Ice creams’ sweetness reminds me that life isn’t always sour, the soft amnesia offered by a familiar anime tends to lessen my stress, and the time I spend in prayer always brings my focus back to Christ, my deepest comfort. The biggest similarity I’ve found, however, is in how easy it is to binge each of them.

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Today I wanted to try something different on the Asian Music Friday (I seriously need to come up with a good name for that) feature here on Unsheathed. Analysis is fun, band introductions have their place, but I wanted to speak more directly to you all and share my personal journey into KPOP. How I got into the sphere of Asian music, and how I changed as an individual because of it. It’s a period of my life that I simultaneously love and yet kind of wish was different, for a few reasons. KPOP came into my life during a period of change, and yet that change didn’t begin at that particular point, nor has it really fully ended to this day. As much as it’s about KPOP…it’s about me growing up. So, take a seat, relax, and let’s talk.

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Life is fun. Or at least, it is when you’re drunk on happiness, love, and alcohol. That’s what a lot of modern media likes to preach at its consumers, and that’s basically the message that BIGBANG seems to convey in the next three songs we’ll be considering. From the chaotic colorfulness of “BANG BANG BANG” that hearkens back to the group’s rise during the “Fantastic Baby” days, to the sensual undertones of “BAE BAE”, to the summer joy of “WE LIKE 2 PARTY”, this section of the MADE album seems to be a striking contrast to the more introspective nature of the rest of the songs. What’s going on in these songs? Why does BIGBANG seem to undermine the rest of their artistic vision with the poppy, almost generic vibe that comes off of these songs? All this and more will be covered in today’s post, so let’s get started!

Seungri

Seungri becomes an Earthbender in BANG BANG BANG.

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After One-Punch Man ended, I took a break from anime. I wasn’t sure how anything I could watch would top it in my heart, so my anime watching slowed down to a trickle that eventually halted when I started getting more into Korean drama. That took me away from anime watching, but I did still check the season lineup every so often, and most of the stuff before this present season looked really underwhelming.

And then I saw Erased. Or more accurately, I saw what Erased had accomplished.

Somehow, this new series that wasn’t even finished yet had beat out both Steins;Gate and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood on MyAnimeList and taken the #1 anime spot.

From that point on, I pretty much just had to watch it. Any show that manages to beat out two of my all-time favorites without even being finished deserves at least a few minutes of my time. Or a few hours.

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Konnichiwa! As we head closer into fall and as the fall season of anime grows closer and closer (ONE-PUNCH MAN FTW!), I’ve been thinking a lot about anime that I’m going to watch and anime that I’ve watched, especially some of my firsts. My first ever true anime (Pokemon doesn’t count. Never has.) was Sword Art Online, and despite the equal amounts of love and hate surrounding the series, I still think of it as a pretty decent show. While not perfect, it did do a good job of showing the viewer a world within a world, and using the story to explore how humans act in a crisis. When the reality that death in the virtual world was permanent became real to those playing it, the way the players thought about the world around them radically changed.

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